Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
BrightEyes, I think you just need to let go of the human tendency to "blame". As I said, it's not your fault you got kicked, but it's not the horses fault either. In most cases, blame just isn't something that can be applied to horses, however you are correct and it all boils down to "can they be intentionally mean?" all over again, because if we surmise that a horse CAN plot to injure you, then yes, they can be "blamed" in a human sense of being at fault.
When I bought Jynx, she tried to kick me three times. I avoided getting kicked by being quick on my feet and aware of her intentions. She was a spoiled 2 year old who had been taught that if she kicked a human, the pressure or uncomfortable thing would stop. In this sense, I cannot blame her. She is only reacting to what she's been taught. Does that stop me from teaching her it's wrong? Of course not, there still must be a form of "punishment" to show her she's done the incorrect thing. But I don't blame her for trying to kick me, or call her a mean or bad horse. I know exactly WHY she's trying to kick me, she's been trained as surely as a jumper is trained to jump.
Horses are like children - they will do wrong, but most of the time they don't realize what they're doing is "wrong" and it's up to us to guide them.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.